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NEW POSTS: 2010
BLACKJET THROWING AXE NOW SHIPPING!
Kit Rae is well known for his fantasy swords and blades, but few know Kit has also been an avid throwing knife and axe enthusiast for over fifteen years. Now Kit has added his own favorite throwing axe design to the Kit Rae. The BlackJet is fully functional, constructed of one solid piece of 420 stainless steel. It is 14 7/8" overall in length and includes a nylon blade pouch. These are fun to throw and Kit has designed them with three points (axe edge, back point, pommel point) to stick in your target, so whether you are a novice or pro you can still enjoy! Shipping to authorized dealers in early December, in time for Christmas.
1Oth ANNIVERSARY SWORD OF DARKNESS ART PRINT/T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY
A special limited edition autographed art print will be given away to five lucky owners of the 10th Anniversary Sword of Darkness (KR1239BBA), available at dealers now. Five of the 1500 autographed posters included with the sword will be marked with a special symbol, shown here, under Kit's signature. If you are one of the lucky ones to find this symbol on your poster, email this address firstname.lastname@example.org and you will win one of Kit's signed and numbered limited edition Ellewah art prints, shown above. Winners will get their names and photos displayed on our website, and one lucky winner, drawn at random, will receive a Swords of the Ancients t-shirt, shown above. Good luck! Only 1500 of the 10th Anniversary Sword of Darkness will be made and each are individually numbered, including a certificate of authenticity. The Ellewah art print can also be purchased from the art prints page here.
KIT RAE IN THE MOVIES
We have not had a movie appearance update in a while so here are a few recent ones. Both versions of Kit's Sword of Vaelen (UC1121, UC1240) make an appearance in Eli Roth's film Hostel 2, and no, they are not used to kill anyone. Actress Bijou Phillips and Lauren German play-swordfight in one scene of the film. A few knockoffs of the Sword of Darkness are also visible in another scene. Kit's sword Anathros makes an appearance, this time not in a film, but in the DVD box art for the unrated version of the film Pathfinder. We don't know why Anathros was used instead of the hero sword used in the film. Perhaps some graphic designer at Sony pictures just thought it was cool. Look close and you will see it on both the front and back cover. Hostel 2 images copyright 2007 Screen Gems Inc/Lions Gate Films Inc. Pathfinder images copyright 2007 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and Dune Entertainment LLC.
KIT RAE APPEARING FOR THE SMKW ZIPPO WEEK ON SATURDAY, 10/27/07
Kit will be appearing for ZIPPO WEEK at Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 27th. Kit will be autographing his Zippo art lighters in the Zippo section of the knife showroom. SMKW is the worlds largest knife showplace, featuring a huge retail store filled with knife memorabilia and the National Knife Museum. It is located just a few miles off the I-40 exit #407. Call 865-453-5871 for directions. You can visit their online store HERE.
KIT RAE APPEARANCE ON THE SHOP AT HOME KNIFE SHOW FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT 10/27/07
Kit will be appearing on the Knife Show on the Shop at Home network, Friday night/Saturday morning, October 27th from 12:00am - 2:00am ET. The entire show will be filled with Kit's collectible weapons and Kit will be talking about his career as a knife and weapon designer and the Swords of the Ancients collection. The Knife Show will also be selling one of Kit's special limited edition art prints on air. You can visit their website HERE.
KIT RAE APPEARING AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE WORKS 10/13/07
Kit will be appearing at Smoky Mountain Knife Works Rep weekend in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 13th. Kit will autograph your knife, sword, or poster. SMKW is the worlds largest knife showplace, featuring a huge retail store filled with knife memorabilia and the National Knife Museum. It is located just a few miles off the I-40 exit #407. Call 865-453-5871 for directions. You can visit their online store HERE.
SWORD OF DARKNESS LIMITED EDITION NOW SHIPPING
The10th anniversary Kilgorin, the Sword of Darkness (KR1239BBA), is now shipping. You can find them at your favorite Kit Rae sword dealer. It is strictly limited to 1500 pieces worldwide. Each sword is serial numbered, includes a certificate of authenticity, and a hand signed poster of the Vaelen Confronts Darkness III painting. The Sword of Darkness is one of the most popular weapons in the Swords of the Ancients series and this new edition commemorates the 10th year of that collection and the Kit Rae Fantasy Art line, with a special black and selective gold plated finish and gold blade runes.
NEW BLACK BLADE LUCIENDAR AND BATTLE AXE AVAILABLE
A special black bladed Black Legion Battle axe (KR0022B) is now available, along with an all black bladed version of Luciendar (KR0004B). The new versions are shipping now so check you favorite Kit Rae sword dealer.
DRAGONCON 2007 WAS A SUCCESS!
Dragoncon (dragoncon.org) was a huge success in Atlanta this past Labor Day Weekend. Teresa and I met some really great people and we appreciate all of the positive comments. It is very satisfying to get to meet and talk with you fans and collectors. Thanks to everyone who came by our booth, and the Bud-K (budk.com) booth where Kit did signings in the Exhibitor Hall. Also, thanks to my absolutely incredible wife T, sis Lana for helping with the tear down, and Mom for the great dinner Sunday night. We will definitely be back for Dragoncon 2008, and we promise to bring a credit card machine next time! If you were not at the con you don't know what you missed! Here are some pics.
DRAGONCON IN ATLANTA on LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Kit will be appearing at Dragoncon (dragoncon.org) in Atlanta, Georgia August 31st - September 3rd, 2007. Kit will be signing and selling limited edition art prints, posters, swords, knives, and statues in the Kit Rae Fantasy Art booth in the Dealer Hall located in the Galleria of the Atlanta Hilton. Kit will also be making appearances in the Bud-K (budk.com) booth in the Dealer Hall. Dragoncon is America's largest multi media popular arts convention, focusing on science fiction, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Host Hotels for the con are the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriot Marquis, and the Atlanta Hilton. We'll see you there!
KIT RAE ZIPPOS NOW AVAILABLE!
The first five models of Kit Rae collectible Zippo lighters are now shipping from Zippo dealers. You can find them in Zippo retail locations and online stores worldwide. If you don't see them, ASK. You can buy them direct from Zippo HERE.
10th ANNIVERSARY SWORD OF DARKNESS COMING SOON!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kit Rae Fantasy Art, Kit has made a special black and gold limited edition edition of Kilgorin, the Sword of Darkness. It will be strictly limited to 1500 pieces. Each sword will be serial numbered, include a certificate of authenticity, and an autographed poster print of a new version of the Vaelen Confronts Darkness Painting, shown here. Kit will be selling advanced copies of the poster at Dragoncon (dragoncon.org) in Atlanta, Labor Day weekend. More news and the release date for the sword will be coming soon.
KIT RAE SWORDS IN "TWO WORLDS" GAME
Many of Kit's weapon designs appear in the new PC / X-Box 360 role playing game game "Two Worlds" (2-worlds.com), from TopWare Interactive. A special tri-lingual Collector's Edition (English, French and German) of Two Worlds was also released to the European market at the same time as the basic version - and in addition to the game itself, this surprise package has lots of extra goodies. First of all, there's a miniature metal version of the Kilgorin sword that appears in the game. Then there's a T-shirt and a card game (55 sheets), both with the exclusive Two Worlds design. The magic box also contains a double-sided poster in A2 format with a beautifully-worked map and some artwork. The Valermos sword is featured on the packaging art for the basic version, and several of Kit's Swords of the Ancients swords and his Black Legion Battle Axe can be used by players in the game! The US version comes out in July. Check out the game versions of Kit's weapons below.
Adventurecon (adventurecon.com) was a success in Knoxville this past weekend. Thanks to everyone who came by the booth to purchase art prints. It was great to meet and talk with all of you. Special thanks to my wife and booth helper Teresa for everything. We will see you again next year at Adventurecon 2008!!! Here are some pics from the con.
THE RETURN OF UNITED CUTLERY!!! PRODUCTS ARE SHIPPING!!!
The new United Cutlery (www.unitedcutlery.com) operating out of Thomasville Georgia is now up and running! Products are beginning to ship again. Some of Kit's products are back in stock, and new items like the Avaquar Dagger and the Mithrodin Sword are shipping now. DEALERS can call 800-548-0835 or 229-551-0180 to order. COLLECTORS - Let your dealers know they can order from United once again if you can't find what you are looking for. News on new items will be coming soon!
AVAQUAR™ DAGGER NOW SHIPPING!
Kit's new Avaquar Dagger is now shipping to United Cutlery authorized dealers and distributors. The 20" dagger makes a great companion to the Avaquar sword. It includes a wall plaque and black and white art print by Kit Rae. Each knife is individually serialized. The quality and craftsmanship are incredible.
NEW ZIPPO ART LIGHTERS!
Zippo (zippo.com) will be releasing a line of art lighters featuring Kit's artwork this Summer. The collectible lighters will feature art from Kit's Sword of the Ancients series as well as new pieces of art created exclusively for Zippo. We will post images as soon as we have them. Below is some of the concept art.
ADVENTURECON IN KNOXVILLE - SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Kit will be appearing at Adventurecon (adventurecon.com) in Knoxville, Tennessee June 1-3, 2007. Kit will be signing and selling limited edition art prints, swords, knives, and statues. Adventurecon is a toy, art, and collectibles show that features many celebrity guests. It will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center. Bring the poster prints from your knives or swords and Kit will autograph them!
LONGCLAW SWORD FROM GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S "A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE"
Kit has designed John Snow's sword Longclaw, from the New York Times best selling author Gorge R.R. Martin's popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire". The sword is part of the new Valyrian Steel line of licensed arms and armour from the book series to be produced by Jalic, Inc. "A Song of Ice and Fire" is also on track to become an HBO series. The Valyrian Steel website is www.valyriansteel.com, or you can visit George R.R. Martin's official website at www.georgerrmartin.com/news.html.
Below is the pommel of the Longclaw hilt design.
THE "NEW" UNITED CUTLERY WILL DISTRIBUTE KIT RAE FANTASY ART WEAPONS
United Cutlery, under new ownership, will continue to be the exclusive distributor of the Kit Rae Fantasy Art brand. On January 11th United Cutlery was purchased by Clint Kadel. Clint has been in the knife business since 1989 and is also the owner of a large cutlery retail company headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia. The United offices and warehouse facility will now operate out of Thomasville, Georgia. Kit has signed an exclusive deal with UC to continue to bring you his unique fantasy weapons. There are many new designs Kit can't wait to get started on with the new UC, as well as many other fantasy related products new to the Kit Rae brand. We wish Clint and his staff the best of luck in bringing United Cutlery back online, and back on-track, and look forward to a long and prosperous future with them.
COLLECTORS - Hang in there! We know Kit's products have been very hard to find recently, and it will take a little more time to get production up and running again, but products will be available soon.
DEALERS - The old United phone number will remain the same (800-548-0835) as well as the old UC website www.unitedcutlery.com. We will post news here as soon as we know when products are shipping and what products will be brought back in the line.
Kit will be set up in the dealers room of ChattaCon January 26th-28th, signing and selling limited edition art prints and weapons. ChattaCon is held in Chattanooga Tennessee at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel. You can find information about the con at www.chattacon.org.
UNITED CUTLERY BANKRUPTCY
As many of you may have heard, United Cutlery, the distributor of the Kit Rae Fantasy Art line of knives and swords, filed for bankruptcy late in 2006. United was purchased in January by Bud-K, a large cutlery retailer and wholesaler operating out of Moultrie, Georgia. Kit has not decided if he will stay with the new owners of United or move to a new distributor. We know many of you retailers and wholesalers want to know who to buy products from going forward, so we will announce news here as soon as the decision has been made. STAY TUNED!
DarkCon in Phoenix was a blast! Kit was the artist guest of honor. Thanks to Nola and the staff of DarkCon for making us feel welcome and making it such a great con. Also thanks to all of the great people we met at the con, Liz Danforth, the folks from Lazy Dragon, "Pocket Knives to Broadswords" (www.lazydragon.com), Merlos Cutting Edge (www.merloscutlery.com). Below are a few photos from the con, including the magnificent Atteniel costume made by Nola Yergen-Jennings and friends, based on the "Atteniel Wields Adrasil" drawing included with the Adrasil knife. Great job guys! Special thanks to my girl Teresa for everything. Photos by T, Le-Ho, Wilgar, and Ben Daw.
A new painting of the Valdris is up in the gallery, or you can see it here.
2007 DARKCON IN PHOENIX
Kit will be the Artist Guest of Honor at Darkcon in January 4th-7th in Phoenix, Arizona. You can find information on how to attend the con at www.darkcon.org.
POLISH EDITION OF PLAYBOY
Photographer Sergiusz Nitin took a series of photos of a beautiful model posing with Kit's Archeros knife for the January 2006 Polish edition of Playboy Magazine. Here are some of the pix. Sorry about the black bars.
Elexorien is a metal band from the Netherlands, named for Kit's famous sword. Their music is "Epic Fantasy Battle Metal", as they describe it. Check out their website and music at elexorien.com.
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF KIT RAE FANTASY ART
2007 Marks our 10th year! Watch for special 10th anniversary news coming soon!
Valdris was formed in 2002 by Christoforo, and named for Kit's famous double bladed weapon. Their music is a mix of dark medieval/folklorish metal. Check out their website and music at www.valdris.us.
UPDATED SWORDS OF THE ANCIENTS STORIES
For those of you that purchased the Mithrodin sword, the other half of the Mithrodin story included with your sword is now up on the website. The "Tale of the Swords of the Ancients" page has been updated to include the individual chapters for each sword and knife. You may have to hit "refresh" in your browser for the links to appear. You can read the individual tale that relates to your weapon, or scroll down and read the entire story.
BLACK SWORD OF DARKNESS - AUTOGRAPHED LIMITED EDITION - NOW SHIPPING!
All 1000 of the autographed editions have now been shipped to dealers and United Cutlery has finished this serialized production run. See your dealer fast to get one before they are SOLD OUT!
BLACK LEGION CHOPPER
Custom cycle maker Anthony Snyder has created a magnificent chopper themed around Kit's knives, swords, and fantasy art. Check out the photos below (more to come soon!). This is one incredible piece of work, two years in the making. The Black Legion Chopper will be on tour at various motorcycle shows this year. We hope to have a list of show dates up soon. Nice job Tony! You are a true fan. Here is a list of the KR weapons Tony incorporated into the design:
- 1-Black Legion Blade mounted below the tank
- 2-Black Legion Blades for mirrors
- 2-Black Legion Blade handles for rear signal lights
- 1-Umethar Blade for Jockey Shifter
- 1-Valermos Sword Painted on top of the tank
- Battle of the Tower, temple of the ancients, Archeros, etc. Artwork throughout the bike. Fight scenes showing detail of Kit Rae sword/knife designs. (you really have to see it to appreciate it)
- Dagger blades for wheel spokes
- Daggered front forks, handle bar ends and bar risers.
- Armored bottom front fender
- Daggered/sharpened foot controls
- Dagger / Blade design custom Belt Guard with laser cut Kit/Rae Graphics.
After many delays by United, the KR0025A Mithrodin Sword autographed edition should be finally be shipping to dealers by the end of April. Apologies to those of you who have been waiting for this sword. The delays were beyond our control. The first 1000 of these swords will be serialized and include an autographed art print by Kit. A standard edition will be available after the first 1000 are gone.
A new black bladed variant of the Morthoseth™ sword will be released in early 2006. this will be identical to the original sword, but with a black blade finish.
BLACK SWORD OF DARKNESS - KILGORIN™ SPECIAL AUTOGRAPHED LIMITED EDITION
A new all black limited edition of Kilgorin - The Sword of Darkness, will be released in early 2006. Kilgorin™ is the most popular (and copied) of the Swords of the Ancients. This new edition features a black blade, black iron finished handle parts, and selective gold plated highlights. This edition will be strictly limited to 1000 pieces, and includes an autographed certificate of authenticity, plus the original art print, "Vaelen Confronts Darkness". As a bonus, each sword includes an autographed certificate of authenticity. The edition is STRICTLY LIMITED TO 1000 PIECES.
A new dagger version of the popular Avaquar™ sword will be available in early 2006. The 20" dagger makes a great match to the full sized sword. It will include a wall plaque and black and white art print by Kit Rae. Each knife will be individually serialized.
GOLD NAVROS DAGGER LIMITED EDITION
The limited edition gold plated Navros Dagger (KR0027A) should be shipping before the end of the year. This knife comes with a cold cast bust of Vaelen and an autographed poster of a new painting by Kit, shown here. Each knife is individually serialized. Only 1500 pieces will be made so place your orders with dealers early.
Here is a sneak peak at the new painting included with the Mithrodin sword, the next edition in the Swords of the Ancients Collection, coming early next year. The first 1000 Mithrodin swords will be individually serialized and include this autographed poster. Details on the sword will be posted soon.
ANATHAR AND AVAQUAR
The ninth and tenth editions in the Swords of the Ancients collection are here! The first 1000 pieces of each will be autographed so place orders with your dealer early to have a chance at getting one. They are Avaquar (KR0021), the sword of the deep, shown right and Anathar (KR0020), the sword of power shown left. The Tale of the Swords of the Ancients has also been updated to include the ending of the Vaelen and Naegolus mythology, as well as some new information about the Ancients and the Dark One at the beginning of the tale. The new art print, The last stand, can be seen here. The original, bloodier version of the painting can be seen in the gallery soon.
ANATHAR AND AVAQUAR... FUTURE SWORDS OF THE ANCIENTS
The Ten Swords are now complete, but the SOTA collection will continue. A Mithrodin sword is currently in the works for 2005 as well as a few other SOTA weapons. There are many characters from the 10,000+ year SOTA mythology from which Kit can draw weapons from, and many tales yet to be told in that universe, so stay tuned to this News page for updates.
BLACK LEGION BATTLE AXE
The Black Legion Battle Axe (KR22) is due in the Spring of 2005. It is the first axe to be introduced in the Kit Rae line and will include a black and white art print.
NEW STATUES IN 2005
The first two statues in the Swords of the Ancients collection are available now. This is a limited edition collection of cold cast hand painted statues of characters from the swords of the Ancients world. The miniature swords are cast pewter and each statue comes with a wood base with the individual serial number engraved on a special plate. Vardor Wields Valermos (KR23 ) is a limited edition of 2500 pieces. Aluen Wields Anathros (KR24) is a limited edition of 2500 pieces. The prototypes can be seen here.
BURTON RAVEN SNOWBOARDS
Here are pix of the new Raven snowboards from Burton that are available now. They feature versions of Kit Rae's Fang of Baelin and the Valdris in the artwork. Both designs are available in white or black finish, in several lengths. If you are into snowboarding, these are very fine, extremely well made boards.
NAMM SHOW APPEARANCE
Kit will be making an appearance and signing autographs at the NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee on July 23 and 24 (Friday and Saturday), tentatively scheduled at 2:00-3:30 pm each day. He will be in the B.C. Rich guitar room in promotion of the Umethar guitar from their Body Art series. NAMM, the International Music Products Association, is a trade show for retailers and manufacturers of musical instruments and products.
SPIDERMAN 2 KNIFE
Kit's Knights Dagger (UC1144), designed for the United Cutlery Legends in Steel line, appears in the new Spiderman 2 movie. Harry Osborn (actor James Franco) wields the knife as he is about to unmask Spiderman in the scene shown here and in one other scene of the film.
CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK KNIVES
Several of Kit's designs appear in the new Vin Diesel film, The Chronicles of Riddick. Here are the knives as they appear:
Knights Dagger (UC1144). The one in the film appears with a slightly modified blade. Volkoth Battle Sword (UC1270). The one in the film is actually a China knockoff.
B.C. RICH UMETHAR GUITAR AVAILABLE NOW
The Umethar Body Art V model should be available at B.C. Rich guitar dealers now. Here is the link to the B.C. Rich website page: B.C. RICH WEBSITE
Below is the ad for the guitar that is running in this month's Guitar World magazine.
NEW ART ADDED TO GALLERY
Art of Barlodir with the Fang of Baelin (KR3) and Atteniel with Adrasil (KR19) has been added to the Swords of the Ancients Gallery. Both of these will be issued as art prints with the knives. The Barlodir print will be added to the Fang of Baelin product shipping in 2005. The Adrasil will be shipping soon.
B.C. RICH GUITARS FEATURES KIT RAE ART
B.C. Rich guitars will be using the Aluen painting from the KR10 Umethar knife on their "V" guitar body in 2004 as part of their Body Art Collection. As a guitarist and guitar collector I am very exited about this project. I'll post pictures and the release date when I have more info.
BURTON SNOWBOARDS FEATURES KIT RAE KNIVES
Burton Snowboards will be using the Fang and the Valdris knives as part of the graphic design of two new snow boards for 2004. I'll post pictures soon.
The design patents have been submitted so I can now show you the final Archeros prototype. Due out in early '04. The limited edition version will come with an autographed art print and a poly stone statue.
Archeros, the KR0015, is coming along. Just received the latest test shots from the factory and the knife is almost complete. This year the limited edition knife will come with an autographed poster, and an added bonus will be a poly stone statue of Anvari, the Elf warrior featured in the painting holding the knife. It will fit on the display stand with the knife. You can see a photo of the Anvari statue carving in progress here. If you like this there maybe more poly stone statues of the characters in the future, including Vaelen. Send me an email at email@example.com if you like that idea. The knife should be out in Spring '04
HEAVY METAL SWORD #2
United Cutlery has released the second sword in the Metal Master collection for Heavy Metal magazine, the HM2. Frequent HM artist Simon Bisley did the painting included with the sword, called Last Call. Bisely is well known for his contributions to the comic world like Lobo, Batman, and of course Judge Dredd. I designed the sword a few years ago as a gargoyle sword for the UC line, but we kept putting it off. When it came time to do the second HM sword we thought it fit that line perfectly. Kevin Eastman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator and owner of Heavy Metal magazine, got Simon to do the painting featuring my sword. Simon's art style is very unique, like Frank Frazetta on steroids. You can see the painting here. I actually modified the gargoyle head and body on the sword a bit to match the exaggerated look in the painting, which I think was an improvement. You can see the original design and finished sword below. It is limited to 3000 pieces and each includes an art print signed by Simon. The painting is also on the cover of the January '04 issue of Heavy Metal magazine.
SWORDS OF THE ANCIENTS
At long last the 7th and 8th swords, Cinthorc and Molotoch (KR0012, KR0013), are available. You can find them at your favorite fantasy knife and sword retailer now. These are a little late due to the heavy workload at UC for the Lord of the Rings swords, but now they a re complete. For those of you following the Swords of the Ancients story, I brought Vaelen back this time, and she is featured in my art print included with both swords. I didn't do this just because Vaelen is everyone's favorite character from the SOTA tale. The story has actually been written for quite a few years and she was always going to be released from her prison in the Neverworld. Note about Molotoch - This is a HEAVY sword, probably the weightiest in my line. If you read the chapter on it here on the web site you will understand why. It was not meant for mortals to wield.
DAGGER IN THE NEW PAINTING
Yes, the dagger being held by Naegolus in the new Cinthorc/Molotoch painting is the same one held by Navros in the Morthoseth/Luciendar painting (KR4, R5). I have already had a few people ask if it will be made. It will possibly be made next year.
NEW IN 2003
My next annual knife should be out in the Fall. It is called Archeros (KR0015). I am getting away from the daggers this time. Archeros is more of a fantasy bowie design, reminiscent of some of the Gil Hibben knives I have worked on over the years. A new Fang of Baelin style knife should be out early next year. Currently I have the Eye of Drakonus knife (GH2025) available. It is the first "official" collaboration with custom knifemaker, Gil Hibben (www.hibbenknives.com). I have had the pleasure of working on the Hibben fantasy knife line since the Double Shadow in 1989 and I felt it was time to actually put my name on the knife with Gil.
We are working on lots of new fantasy knives over at UC, plus a lot of new LOTR products. I'll post news as it is available.
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